What's buzzing:

Big League Stew

Flying fish: Marlins’ Justin Ruggiano robs Brett Lawrie with incredible diving catch

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

The list of candidates for baseball's play of the year grew by one on Saturday.

We take you to Marlins Ballpark in Miami, where the Toronto Blue Jays used a six-run ninth inning — highlighted by Edwin Encarnacion's two-run homer and Colby Rasmus' grand slam — to earn a 7-1 win over the Miami Marlins. But it could have been a lot worse, a lot sooner for the Marlins were it not for center fielder Justin Ruggiano, who sacrificed his body and laid out completely to rob Brett Lawrie of extra bases and a couple RBIs in the fifth inning.

Have a look at Ruggiano's highlight reel grab yourself:

As you could see, Ruggiano's effort drew an immediate acknowledgement from starting pitcher Josh Johnson. And understandably so. At that moment it looked like a potential game-saving play, but at the very least it ended up turning what would have been an average outing from Johnson into arguably his best of the season.

''J.J. battled today like the ace he is,'' Ruggiano said. ''When a guy is pitching like that, I'll sell out my body for him. He did a hell of a job and for his sake I was glad I was able to make that catch.''

Add Johnson's fantasy owners and manager Ozzie Guillen to the list of people thankful for his effort. In fact, Guillen had nothing but praise for Ruggiano even before Saturday's game, citing that he loved the way the 30-year-old outfielder battled for every at-bat.

Well, now Justin Ruggiano has shown Guillen he's willing to sell out with the glove as well, so it looks like his spot in Miami's lineup will remain secure for the immediate future.

Looking for more baseball chatter?
Follow @bigleaguestew, @Townie813 and check out the BLS Facebook Page

View Comments (4)
  • Former Proteas all-rounder Van der Merwe makes Dutch switch

    South African limited overs specialist Roelof van der Merwe has made himself available immediately to represent the Netherlands after receiving his Dutch passport. The 30-year-old, a left-arm orthodox spinner and hard-hitting middle-order batsman, … More »

    Reuters - 9 minutes ago
  • Easy Does It: Petra Kvitova opens Wimbledon defence with 6-1, 6-0 win in 35 minutes

    Easy Does It: Petra Kvitova opens Wimbledon defence with 6-1, 6-0 win in 35 minutes

    Petra Kvitova wasted no time as she opened the defence of her Wimbledon title in overpowering fashion. Winning 28 of 29 points on serve, the two-time champion needed only 35 minutes to overpower Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-0 in Tuesday's … More »

    The Canadian Press - 9 minutes ago
  • Williams sisters pull out Wimbledon doubles

    Williams sisters pull out Wimbledon doubles

    American five-times Wimbledon women's doubles champion Serena and Venus Williams pulled out of this year's tournament on Tuesday, the All England Club said in a statement. The Williams sisters won the women's doubles title in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009 … More »

    Reuters - 18 minutes ago
  • Williams sisters pull out of Wimbledon doubles

    American five-times Wimbledon women's doubles champion Serena and Venus Williams pulled out of this year's tournament on Tuesday, the All England Club said in a statement. The Williams sisters won the women's doubles title in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009 … More »

    Reuters - 19 minutes ago
  • Tennis-Williams sisters pull out Wimbledon doubles

    American five-times Wimbledon women's doubles champion Serena and Venus Williams pulled out of this year's tournament on Tuesday, the All England Club said in a statement. The Williams sisters won the women's doubles title in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009 … More »

    Reuters - 21 minutes ago